Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and musician Patty Griffin was born in 1964 in Old Town, Maine. Her songwriting style has been described as stripped-down, centered on folk music. She has been covered by musicians like Emmylou Harris and the Dixie Chicks. In 1992, Griffin began playing in coffee houses in Boston, where she was scouted by A&M Records. She released her first album, Living with Ghosts, as a stripped-down reworking of the demo tape that got her signed by A&M in the first place.
Her second album, Flaming Red, was released in 1998 and featured a more mellow mix of songs, as well as high tempo rock and roll songs. The album’s title track was a good example of this style. Some of Griffin’s songs off of her album Silver Bell were later covered and made famous by the Dixie Chicks, including “Top of the World,” which won the band a Grammy. Her 2007 album, Children Running Through, debuted at Number Thirty-Four on the Billboard 200.
In more recent years, Griffin has been featured on the album Simple Times by indie artist Joshua Radin, duetting with him on the song “You Got Growing Up to Do.” She also has released a version of the song “Waiting for My Child to Come Home” with Mavis Staples and The Tri-City Singers. This collaboration led Griffin to a production of gospel songs. This album, Downtown Church, was released in January of 2010.
Griffin and her songs have also appeared in a variety of films, television shows and theater performances. Her song “Not Alone” was featured in the 1997 film Niagara, Niagara and the television series Without a Trace. She has appeared in movies like Cremaster 2 and Elizabethtown, the soundtrack of which has also featured some of her songs. Her songs have also made up the soundtrack of 10 Million Miles, an Off Broadway musical.
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